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Week Beginning 27th September 2021

Week Beginning 27th September 2021

Harvest Festival: thank you to all those who have donated food items and toiletries for our Harvest Festival, we have had an amazing response so far! We will continue to accept donations until Friday next week when we will display all of the foods and toiletries collected in our assembly and then transport all goods to the Purley Food hub. Our Harvest assembly will now take place on Friday 1st October 2021 and will be led by Reverend Elizabeth from St Barnabas Church.
Free School Meals: we are in the process of ordering vouchers for children eligible for Free School Meals during the October half term. To ensure that nobody misses out on these food vouchers, please can we remind you that, if you have not already done so, you should check your eligibility for Free school meals using the checker located here: Free School Meal Eligibility Checker ( You could be entitled to some supermarket vouchers. We are unable to provide any families with a voucher if you have not completed this check. Don’t miss out!

Cross country event: well done to all of the children who took part in the cross-country event on Friday. We saw real examples of children striving to live our school vision and ‘be the best they can be’. Especially heart-warming was the support and encouragement they showed to one another cheering each other across the finish line. Well done to the year 5 and 6 winners who will be invited to represent the school at the cross-country event at Lloyds Park.

Uniform: please can we stress the importance of naming all items of your children’s uniform including PE kits and trainers. We are very grateful to Mrs Gray (a parent) who is kindly volunteering her time to sort through our lost property box and return all named items to children in their classrooms. Unfortunately, she has been unable to return many items including a ladies size 10 Zara raincoat and a brand-new PE kit as they are not named. If your uniform is named, it will make its way back to your child. If it is not named, or collected, we will keep it for a half term and then donate it to the PTA to be sold as preloved uniform.  Do let us know if your child has lost an entire PE kit (items 5-6 and 7-8).

Fashion Show in-class: well done to the children in Year 4 who looked absolutely fabulous in their most fashionable outfits today. The wearing of fashion clothes was the launch of their new IPC topic during which, the children will learn about fashion throughout the years…prepare for questions on flares and shell suits!

Mufti day for reading books: you may remember from the bulletin a few weeks ago, we asked you to check at home for any books from our reading scheme that you may have at home as our collection in school is missing a number of titles. Unfortunately, not many books have been returned meaning that we are still short of books in our reading scheme. Teaching early reading is an essential skill for learning and we want to ensure we have enough books in our scheme for children to take home and read. For this reason, on Friday 1st October, we will be hosting a mufti day where we encourage children to wear non-uniform items for a £2 donation.  With the monies raised we will be purchasing replacement books to replenish our book scheme. This will ensure our early readers have decodable books at an appropriate level for their abilities to read at home with parents and carers. Donations for mufti day are via ParentPay please.
Reading: as part of our reading journey in the school, it is expected that all children read a minimum of 4 times a week at home.  Reading journals will be checked once a week and a parent’s signature should be included. At the end of the half term, the children who have completed their weekly reading journals will receive their 'Reading Stars' certificate. Thank you, Mrs Randall, English Leader.

Small world toys: if you are having a clear out at home, our Reception department are accepting donations of ‘small world’ toys. Small world toys are those that enable young children to engage in imaginative play and act out real life scenarios. Doll's houses, play farms and other settings inspired by the real world are classic examples of small world toys.  Any Happy Land toys or similar would be gratefully received. Thank you.

Wraparound Care: if your child uses our wraparound care facilities and you have signed them up for an extracurricular club, please ensure that you notify our Wraparound care team that your child will not be at the afterschool club.  You can do this by emailing them directly on . You can also let them know if you are collecting your child on a day that you would usually be going to the club. When they are not informed of changes to your usual routine, staff spend time trying to locate your child. This could easily be avoided if you notify them that your child will not be in attendance. Thank you for your co-operation. Additionally, if parents are picking up their children from afterschool club between end of the school day and 4:15pm, they are to collect their children from the foyer (to avoid confusion at the gate due to sports clubs). After 4:15pm parents are to pick up their children as usual – by buzzing the school gate. Thank you.
Reception Parents: we are so proud of how well your children are settling in to school life and it has been wonderful getting to know them. From next week, the children will take part in a baseline assessment (RBA) with their class teacher. This is a new form of statutory assessment that has been introduced to schools and you can find information about the baseline assessment here. Information for parents: reception baseline assessment ( Please do speak to your child’s class teacher if you have any questions or worries about the RBA. As a school, we signed up last year to be ‘early adopters’ of this new scheme and as such, our staff are experienced in leading these assessments.

Football Club: if your child attends after school football club (finishes at 4:15), please can we remind you that the coach will bring the children to the gate (to the right of the school), where you can collect them at the end of the session. Please do not ring the bell to be let into the playground earlier than this as it interferes with our afterschool club.

ABCD: Above and Beyond the Call of Duty, as reported last week, is a new award which recognises any staff member who deserves special recognition for doing something amazing. This week our superstars have been nominated members of staff and goes to Mrs Kioufi, for showing patience and being really supportive, by sharing knowledge and expertise with her colleagues and Miss Smallwood for preparing for, organising and delivering a fantastic Spanish Day – loved by all. A huge well done to you both! To see photos of our Spanish day, please click here.
And lastly… A message from the PTA
Hi all! We have some good news to share with you all.  We have been given the go ahead to start organising and planning events again.  So please keep your eyes and ears open for more information coming your way very soon!

PTA NEWS & BOOKING SYSTEM - we would like to remind everyone/inform new members of The Hayes, that you can find all the information about PTA news and events by visiting our website and joining our Facebook page  To be able to purchase event tickets and products, you will also need to sign up to (you can access via our PTA website and click on Product Sales and Events Tickets).

SECOND HAND SCHOOL UNIFORM - if you wish to purchase or donate second hand school uniform, please contact Alexia on: 07798 530351 

RECRUITMENT - the PTA are always looking for new members to join our committee.  We would especially love to see some dad’s join. If you would like more information, please email We are also currently looking for an Accountant who would be able to check and sign off/file our annual report.  If this is something you feel you may be able to help us with, please email 

Kind regards
Danni Harrington (Chair) 

Thank you all! Have a lovely and safe weekend.

The Hayes Team